Marjorie Heins, a civil liberties lawyer, writer, and teacher – and author of the new book, “Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge” -- is Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio. Heins founded and directed the ACLU’s Arts Censorship Project and was the founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project. She twice was named a “First Amendment Hero” and won the Luther McNair Award from the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts for significant contributions to civil liberties. Her earlier book, “Not in Front of the Children,” won the American Library Association's 2002 Eli Oboler Award for best published work in the field of intellectual freedom.
Heins' new book, “Priests of Our Democracy,” "tells of the teachers and professors who resisted the witch hunt of the early '50s, those who collaborated, and those whose battles led to landmark Supreme Court decisions." The book tells how the anti-communist excesses of the 1950's "impoverished political discourse in ways that are still being felt," and how "First Amendment academic freedom... is in peril today."
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Heins has taught as a visiting professor at Boston College Law School, Florida State University Law School, the University of California-San Diego, New York University, Tufts University, and the American University of Paris. Heins was also active in the ‘60s-‘70s New Left and underground press movement and was a contributor to New York’s RAT and a staff writer at the San Francisco Express-Times. Her earlier books include “Strictly Ghetto Property: The Story of Los Siete de la Raza”; “Cutting the Mustard: Affirmative Action and the Nature of Excellence”; and “Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy: a Guide to America's Censorship Wars.”
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:08.